Peter Mokaya Tabichi, a Kenyan teacher from Keriko Mixed day secondary school in Nakuru County, is the 2019 Global Teacher tittle holder.
Tabichi, a mathematics and Physics teacher, was announced winner of the global prize on Sunday evening at a ceremony held in Dubai.
The Varkey Foundation’s $1 million (Ksh.100 million) Global Teacher Prize honors one exceptional teacher every year
“From teaching in remote towns and villages to inner-city schools, they advocate for inclusivity and for child rights, integrate migrants into the classrooms, and nurture their students’ abilities and confidence using music, technology, robotics and science. Peter has dedicated his life to helping others, He’s changed the lives of his students in many ways, including the introduction of science clubs and the promotion of peace between different ethnic groups and religions. He has also helped to address food insecurity among the wider community in the famine-prone Rift Valley” the Varkey Foundation said
Tabichi 36, beat nine other contestants shortlisted from 10,000 contestants from different parts of the globe.
He becomes the first African and male teacher to win the global award.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Mr. Tabichi, saying he is “a shining example on what the human spirit can achieve.”
“On behalf of all Kenyans let me congratulate you on winning the Global Teacher Prize for this year. You are a shining example on what the human spirit can achieve not just for Kenya, not just for Africa but the world.
“Peter you chose to teach in a remote part of Kenya and transform lives in such situations. A choice that am sure was difficult. You give me faith that Africa’s best days are ahead of us and your story will light the way for all future generations,” said President Kenyatta on Sunday.